Chickens dominate Craig City Council |

Chickens dominate Craig City Council

Janelle O'Dea

— Discussion about chickens within Craig’s city limits took up most of Craig City council’s Tuesday night meeting.

An ordinance was introduced by a small group of backyard chicken advocates. The ordinance would permit chicken coops and chicken runs in the city of Craig with some restrictions.

Chicken owners would be required to obtain a permit and keep chickens and their habitats clean and enclosed.

“When we think of chicken houses, we think of chicken sheds with a lot of chickens,” said Susan Domer, a backyard chickens advocate. “That’s not what we’re talking about here in town. It’s more of a hobby concept.”

Some council members expressed concern about enforcement of permits and regulations in the ordinance.

“I’m not against it by no means,” council member Tony Bohrer said. “I guess one question I have is, you have chickens now and it’s against the law; if you pull their permit, what will prevent them from breaking the law?”

Council member Don Jones discussed support from the Humane Society of Moffat County in the form of policing permits and educating permit holders. Backyard chicken advocates also said they would help with education about how to properly care for chickens in an urban setting.

In other discussion, the seven-member council unanimously approved a proclamation in support of Colorado Northwestern Community College offering a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in organizational leadership and management.

The proclamation comes after Colorado’s legislative body passed a law allowing community colleges to offer Bachelor of Science degrees.

“It’s designed to be a management degree on top of multiple associate of arts degrees we offer,” said David Smith, vice president of instruction and student affairs at Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Jones ended the meeting with questions about the fate of the downtown facade project and the Craig Depot and announced an update on the new use of the drive-in movie theater screen.

“It’ll be a banner that will go across the screen and welcome people to Craig on the east end,” Jones said.

Contact Janelle O’Dea at 970-875-1795 or or follow her on Twitter @jayohday

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